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An all-round performance by Bangladesh’s bowling attack saw them cruise past the United Arab Emirates by 51 runs.
Being put in to bat first, Bangladesh got off to a solid start before opening batsman Soumya Sarkar was dismissed by Mohammad Shahzad for 21.
Even though Bangladesh began to collapse after Shahzad’s dismissal, Mohamad Mithun and Mahmudullah ensured that they managed to score 133/8 off their 20 overs thanks to their knocks of 47 and 36 not out respectively.
Mohammad Naveed and captain Amjad Javed took two wickets apiece, while Shahzad and Rohan Mustafa chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing 134 to win, Muhammad Usman was the only batsman to make a decent contribution as he scored 30 off 30 balls, which included two boundaries and two sixes.
With Mustafa and Shahzad being the only other batsmen to reach double figures, the United Arab Emirates were skittled out for 82.
Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman and captain Mashrafe Mortaza picked up two wickets apiece, while Al-Amin Hossain and Taskin Ahmed claimed one wicket each.
Javed was less than impressed with his side’s performance, and said: “We are making a habit of this, bowling out teams for 135, but we’ll go back and look at our batting and come back strong after fixing the batting problem. Playing against India and Pakistan will be a learning curve for us.”
Mortaza was pleased to have won, and said: “We were looking for 150 on this wicket, Mahmudullah played really sensibly. we needed early wickets and we got it. We got a good seam attack, outside of this team, there are 2-3 more. I’m very close to finishing, and will do my best till I can. Our batting has been a constant for us, hopefully we’ll do better in the next few matches.”
Mahmudullah was named Man of the Match, and said: “I’m waiting for my zone to get the ball, if I get the ball I’ll go. More of it (a role as a finisher).”